House of Wolf to Open “Experimental Dining” Venue on Upper Street

September 19, 2012

The successful team behind the Brighton nightlife stalwarts ‘Madame Geisha’ and ‘Haunt’, have secured their third site at the former Albert & Pearl bar on Upper Street, Islington for a Victorian-style unique ‘experimental drinking, dining, art and live entertainment’ venue through leisure property advisors Davis Coffer Lyons.

The three-storey 20th century building, one of London’s first music halls, was assigned for the remainder of a 25 year tied lease from 2007, for a premium of £165,000. The passing rent for the 3,600 sq ft property is £75,000 per annum, and benefits from a 4am licence.

Led by Damian Frizzell and Jennifer Anderson-Mann, House of Wolf will feature vaudeville cabaret and literary salons as part of its entertainment roster, an ‘apothecary bar’, two dining areas and a ‘Wolf Den’ bar. Scheduled to open on October 5th, the venue will also be running a permanent series of one-of-a-kind, monthly pop-up chef residencies, showcasing some of the UK’s most exciting chefs and culinary artists.

The first monthly residency will be taken by Food Artist Caroline Hobkinson, in collaboration with Professor Charles Spence, Professor of Experimental Psychology and Head of the Cross-Modal Research group at Oxford University. The five-course multi-sensory menu is titled ‘Look, Listen, Smell, Touch, Eat!’, and will be a feast designed to heighten each of the senses and delight the taste buds with a focus on top quality British produce including seasonal and wild, foraged ingredients. Caroline Hobkinson is known for creating experimental dining experiences, working with food as an artistic medium and has created, curated, choreographed and cooked experimental feasts for the likes of the Royal Academy, Salone Milano and the Barbican.

Some experimental and theatrical cocktails at House of Wolf include drinking from a vase of flowers, shooting a drink from antique hypodermics into an apothecary vial, or are infused with abstract ingredients such as black pudding. Many drinks will even be accompanied by a prescription outlining concise instructions for self?administration, such as popping bubble?wrap in the right hand whilst sipping with the left.

Paul Tallentyre, Director of Davis Coffer Lyons’ Pubs and Bars team, who advised the private vendor, said, “Entrepreneurial young businesses with a dynamic offer and a couple of existing sites under their belt are some of the best performers in the London market at the moment. Great character pubs in London neighbourhoods like this where there is an incredibly strong demographic and a varied drinking and eating out circuit command significant market interest and premiums. Upper Street is well known for its innovative drinking and dining establishments, but the Madame Geisha team have really managed to stand out from the crowd in Brighton and this eclectic concept looks sure to do the same in Islington.”

Damian Frizzell “We are very excited about the imminent launch of House of Wolf; an original concept which we hope will become a truly creative addition to London’s vibrant scene”. House of Wolf has an ethos of collaboration and creativity where experimental dining, drinking, art and live entertainment will be uniquely presented for the first time anywhere under one roof.